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The Ear

 

 

Original title:
Ucho
Slovenian title:
Uho
Section:
RETRO: CZECH NEW WAVE

Country, year:
Czechoslovakia, 1970
Length:
94

Directed by:
Karel Kachyna

Screenplay:
Jan Procházka, Karel Kachyňa
Cinematography:
Josef Illík
Music:
Svatopluk Havelka
Subtitles:
slovenian
Language:
Czech
Voting code:
/
Cast:
Radoslav Brzobohatý (Ludvík), Jiřina Bohdalová (Ana/Anna), Jiří Císler, Miroslav Holub, Milica Kolofiková, Borivoj Navrátil (Cejnar)
Awards:
Cannes 1990, Moskva/Moscow 2012


DateHourLocation 
Tue, 13.11.2018 17:00 Slovenian Cinematheque
Fri, 16.11.2018 18:45 Slovenian Cinematheque

Deli povezavo
Description:
The last in the filmmaker's series of intimately-stylised allegories, The Ear was immediately banned and premiered only after a twenty-year hiatus.

The film depicts an embittered married couple - Ludvik, a senior official of Prague's ruling Communist regime, and his alcoholic wife Anna. They return home after attending a political party dinner and notice their home has been broken into. Several strange occurrences, including the disappearance of their spare house keys and dead phone lines, lead them to believe that they are under surveillance by the government. As the night progresses, the flaws of their marriage become increasingly exposed.

"I like drawing-room stories set in an atmosphere of feelings, where the leading role is played by image, music, and often by what cannot be expressed, that which is a part of our lives but is not concrete and cannot be described. Apprehensions, hopes, dreams, someone's touch… I would always like to have these things in my films. I think they are an essential part of the truth of life. And this truth is what film is mainly about. A film will never be a work of art unless it mirrors that truth, however subtly it may strive in other ways to express the most sublime thought." (Karel Kachyňa)
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